James Jaillet

Big carriers and owner-ops continue fight over speed limiter mandate as comment period closes

More on speed limiter rule comments: Big fleets who filed comments on the proposal rallied around a 65 mph nationwide limit for nearly all trucks on the highway. OOIDA and most trucker commenters, however, say the rule damages owner-operators’ ability to compete in the marketplace against larger carriers.

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FMCSA establishes training standards, curriculum for new truck operators

New training standards for entry-level truck operators have been finalized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will become requirements on February 7, 2020. In addition to a required core classroom curriculum, the rule establishes a registry of FMCSA-approved trainers.

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Trucking industry adds nearly 8,000 in October, November

The for-hire trucking industry added 1,100 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department. The DOL also upwardly revised October's gains to 6,800 jobs, continuing months of upward momentum in the trucking industry labor market.

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Van and reefer rates see uptick in November, flatbed rates fall

Reefer and van rates trended up in November, while flatbed lost a few cents, likely due to the seasonality of the segment.

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Trucking under Trump: Opportunities for hours reform, overhaul of FMCSA regulatory process

While the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate is likely shielded from interference from President-elect Donald Trump, Republican control in Washington gives the industry hope for a loosened and more accountable regulatory environment, industry groups said in recent weeks.

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Owner-operators have one more week to give DOT feedback on speed governor mandate

Truckers have until 11:59 pm. on Dec. 7 to file formal feedback with the U.S. DOT on its proposal to require nearly all Class 8 trucks to use speed limiters. See the link here to file a comment.

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Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash enters program to avoid jail time, clear record

Kevin Roper, the truck operator involved in the high-profile 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash that killed comedian James McNair and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, has agreed to a deal with the state of New Jersey to avoid jail time and have his record cleared of the vehicular homicide charges stemming from the crash.

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Walmart truckers land $55 million settlement for non-driving time pay

Walmart Transportation has been ordered by a federal jury to pay 850 current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million in back pay. Of note to truck operators, the company was ordered to pay $44.7 million for federally stipulated 10-hour off-duty periods.

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Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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